These days you can’t walk into the gym without having some tight shirt, bleach teethed, matched outfit trainer in your face trying to get you to sign up for their “training service.” Many will pitch that they have the secrets to weight loss/muscle gaining that other trainers don’t have or that they can make get you to your goals with barely any work on your part. If that were true do you think they would be scrounging for clients at the local 24 Hour Fatness?
Don’t fall for the gimmicks and waste your money on ineffective and uninformed training.
1. Trainers should be upfront about their prices. Don’t get suckered in by trainers that don’t disclose their prices and the full spectrum of each of their services up front. The last thing you want is to get through the initial phase and get hit with another fee to be able to keep going.
2. Not all certified trainers are qualified to be working with people. BUT, just because someone isn’t certified doesn’t mean they aren’t qualified. All to often people will hire someone just because they have some form of a qualification of some sort. All this means is that they were able to pass the test standards of whatever organization they went through. Their “certification” may only have provided them with knowledge in 1 aspect of training or could have been written as far back as 4-5 years which means it’s not current either.
3. Training and nutrition should be BASIC. If the trainer you are considering is suggesting extremely fancy routines that are based around the latest and greatest machines that just came out and an entire slew of bosu ball exercises to make you “functional”, turn and run for your checkbooks life! While the new research is very informative, the best exercises for anyone to be doing are the tried and true basics such as the squat, push up, pull up, plank, clean, and overhead press. It doesn’t matter whether you want to lose fat or gain muscle either. Programs should be built around the basic exercises and should be progressive.
4. Using big words doesn’t mean the person knows what they are talking about. Anyone can get on the internet and find a couple fancy words to throw at people to wow them into buying what they are selling but that doesn’t mean what they are saying is true. Someone who truly knows their information will be able to relay it to you in a manner which you can understand. If they have to use 5 syllable words in every sentence then they probably don’t truly understand the info they are attempting to regurgitate.
5. Ask for testimonials. If they refuse or don’t have any this could mean a couple different things. A refusal on their part means they probably haven’t trained anyone that had anything good to say about. Not having any may just mean that they just started out. In that case there isn’t anything with taking a chance on a new trainer as long as they meet the above requirements and don’t cost an arm and a leg. I don’t really care how smart someone is, if they are just starting out and are trying to charge you as much as trainers who have considerably more experience, I wouldn’t do it.
6. Working with a trainer should be a learning experience. The goal of the trainer should not only be to get you to get you to the goals you want, but to educate you on being able to do this yourself in the future. A trainer who is unwilling to impart their knowledge to their clients is virtually worthless in my opinion. If you don’t care to learn and just want to be told what to do that’s your call. For me personally I like them to be able to justify what they are having me do with facts that I can understand and use after I’m done working with them.